For many years, Pete and I have been enjoying fruit and vegetables we’ve grown ourselves, gradually increasing the variety of things we’ve grown and the space given over to them, until eventually, a few years back, we gave over our entire back garden to a kitchen garden, or what we often call the home allotment.
Now we have an actual allotment too, so our seed buying has increased even more!
For me, choosing what to grow and which varieties to try is one of the most enjoyable times of the year – so full of promise and expectation.
Over the weekend, Pete and I discussed what we wanted to grow, and went through the seeds we had left from last year.
I’ve been following Seed Parade on twitter for many months. As we wanted to buy more seeds, I tweeted them to ask about any current discounts, as they regularly have one or more of their seeds on special offer. In response, business founder Lajos Szabo got in touch, asking if I might like to run a competition for over on Kavey Eats.
Well, of course!
There are many online seed retailers to choose from. One of the reasons I am interested in Seed Parade is their commitment to keeping packaging to a minimum, using only what is necessary to ensure that your seeds arrive safely, and in good condition.
Also, they are DEFRA registered, which means that the business is regularly inspected to ensure adherence to sound environmental practices.
Handily, they stock a couple of varieties we had already decided on, and also have a nice selection of other seeds to choose from, both newer varieties and some traditional and heirloom ones.
And their prices are good. Some of the retailers I’ve looked at are charging double or more for the same seed varieties, and putting far less seeds into each packet to boot!
I have chosen a lovely basket of seeds including Sungold, Black Russian, San Marzano and Tigarella tomatoes, leeks, onions, cape gooseberries, a selection of herbs, three different beans including Cosse Violette, Borlotto and Purple Queen, Swiss Rainbow chard and Chocolate Habanero chillis.
Now it’s your turn!
Seed Parade are offering not one but two winners their own choice of up to £25 of seeds, delivered free to any UK mainland address. That’s a lot of seeds, meaning a lot of fantastic fruit and vegetables over the coming year!
HOW TO ENTER
Visit the main competition page at Kavey Eats, and follow instructions on how to enter.
Kavey Eats/ A London Gardener received a complimentary basket of seeds from Seed Parade.